Originalism holds that the us constitution should be interpreted according to its meaning at the time it was enacted in their innovative defense of originalism john mcginnis and michael rappaport maintain that the text of the constitution should be adhered to by the supreme court because it was enacted by supermajorities both its original enactment under article vii and subsequent amendments under article v. Originalism and the good constitution is an impressive work rich with interesting and intelligent arguments in developing their normative argument for originalism mcginnis and rappaport stake out and defend various positions on contested points of originalist methodology their book will surely play a prominent role in the ongoing debate over originalism. In this article we argue that originalism advances the welfare of the present day citizens of the united states because it promotes constitutional interpretations that are likely to have better consequences today than those of nonoriginalist theories a constitution that is enacted under a strict supermajority process is likely to be desirable . Originalism and the good constitution john mcginnis northwestern univ ersity school of la w michae l rappaport univ ersity of san diego school of la w georgetown la w journal f
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